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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Rozovsky brought to the festival of musicals in Daegu your “Gambrinus”

Daegu? What kind of Tegu? Just think, a city four hours away by bus from Seoul… well, mountains, skyscrapers, monorail, flyovers, conventional “progressive Asia”. Rain, pepper/death to the stomach, AC. But you had to say about Daegu (Daegu) ten years ago, before there was born the international festival of musicals (DIMF), and now around the world the city is known as the music capital of South Korea.

photo: Yan Smirnitsky

…Where, by the way, the Moscow theatre “At Nikitsky gate” comes the third time since 2009. The current’s 10th anniversary forum brought together the cream of the theatres of Britain, China, Slovakia etc.; now on a lot of this site Suseong Artpia give third call before the local premiere of “Gambrinus” – Mark Rozovsky’s play, running with success at home for almost 20 years.


People – shaft, a love of musical theatre (in all its forms) then the most sincere, passionate, but at every step – zest, visit the day’s rehearsal of “Gambrinus” (Kuprin), so the specifics to understand.

Here the Koreans put two of the screen under the credits (how else to convey the point?). Rozovsky smiles:

– We the first arrivals could not get used to the delayed reaction of Koreans to the transfer. Replica say, kind of funny, and the people silent. We are at a loss. Then “leave” then, in a serious place, one second, two, three, they just start to laugh, reached…

Now I ready for this, and the musical numbers a lot, on which reaction is instantaneous. The main role of the tavern as a virtuoso violinist Sasha (or as local pay Sasha) – takes the venerable and picturesque Sergey Erdenko; he is not taken out of the hotel umbrella, and in the evening it began to rain.

And just imagine – he says – stops in front of our car, a man comes out and takes the umbrella. “How far is it you?” – interested in. “Yes, that’s the hotel around here somewhere, we’re a little lost.” And he puts us in his car and without any money leaves… Amazing!

Rehearsal for a couple Rozovskiy, is the main choreographer Anton Nikolaev:

– Knees should bend, the Lord actors! Where papirovka? Where a dynamic pose? Play in full force. What amazes Korea – all the scenery (albeit not very complex) made right here in sketches, brought from Russia a couple of small barrels.

Port thieves, porters, sailors, the divers, they were all filled with the smell of sea and fish, walked out the introductory recitation.

Rozovsky (whispers to me):

– I love the quiet beginning, when “there were no signs”.

But here in the pub come the first visitors…

Mr medvetsky, the Deputy Director for technical issues yells from the stage to the control Desk:

– These speakers do not need to stand here! I have to move… Yeah I don’t care – careless answer from the remote. That to me the words “I care” more than you’ve ever heard — Immediately suppresses the medvetsky.

– I mean that not by choice – is justified zvuki.

At the same moment to hurry Rozovsky, one of the main Actresses “for advice”:

– Mark G., the cashier to place or remove? Nobody understands here in Korea, in the twenty-first century, what is the cash register!..

– Your question is incomprehensible to me, ” says the master, – all my life playing with cash, so now we play! You never know whom that is not clear! What now? By the way, where is she, Cass?

And her only make – meets staged part.

photo: Yan Smirnitsky

On the Rozovsky not like the location of the barrels (“Gambrinus” is a tavern in the port, dungeon).

Barrel move forward!

– Moved the. Okay?

– No, not okay! Else. Now – okay. Julia, put all the barrels on the labels so that everything was properly where what the account. You never know who’s going to move… And yet, gentlemen artists, check the height as they jump will be.

But the fact that Moscow casks, small, decorative, and Koreans tried to please at all – brought from the port are very real, almost a rarity… but they are half the height of a man, it’s a different way of moving in dance.

Wife Rozovsky Tatiana Revzin, she’s the theater Director, it – music on the piano during the entire performance, watching her roll out a brand new black baby Grand piano Samick.

– Koreans are generous, they asked if we should put on the stage long concert “Steinway”, yeah, it’s in port and then the pub!

Tatiana Iosifovna, – refers to his wife Rozovsky, – and the bell over you will be hanging?

– That’s yet to hang up!

…Installation of scenery, and rehearsal continued, the sound getting hard, drums included in dissonance with the piano, and what to do – in the “Gambrinus” no lukovac-backing tracks, all live. The artistic Director asks to omit the lower third ruler of the spotlight, leaving them almost over the heads of the artists.

“I understand,” said I, ” in Moscow, it is clear that this basement, this basement dill, riots, and here the scene is huge, all too festive, it is necessary to bring to reality. I am advocating, that all happened a little closer to the viewer, so it (shouts from the audience to assistants) move us to a makeshift stage, where Sasha virtuoso will play. By the way, where is he?

Sergey Erdenko immediately appears from the niche of a brick backdrop, few people know that every time he improvises, playing each new “Gambrinus” new tunes at the call of the soul, in its mood…

– But once I this performance was released, along with him went my development as a musician, ” he tells me, after three years left the theater, deciding to do only music on his fiddle; then ten years of wandering, and here I am again returned to the teacher – Mark Rozovsky below now to go to the Korean scene…

– Are you really improvising?

– Well, of course, play well without music; my hero Sasha, like Mozart, gave birth to the music at exactly the moment when took tool; doing the same and I, not knowing in advance how that goes. I think I used to play bad, the show fell through, and then come to me: “Serezha, we have not heard, it is a shock…”.

But still who is the main character – pub genius Sasha or his violin?

– Oh, they are inseparable. Sasha is born for violin, no fiddle – not him. In the end he wrung his hands and feet, but he still plays; to break-it can be anything, but the soul cannot be killed. And that role helped me in life is to understand himself: Sasha is a Paganini of Odessa, but Odessa “pot” of the early twentieth century were born all the prerequisites for jazz, but everything came out… And Sasha was there as a head chef, preparing each time the following food, after which it was worn on the hands, this music is a direct path to anyone’s heart…

…On one of the barrels I see someone had left artists a pack of cigarettes.

– We are now in the Gambrinus do not smoke, – says Rozovsky, and early (it’s a pub, should be a fact of life!) Smoking cigarettes while before the premiere in new York came Bobby (policeman), tall, and ordered to clean up, including the cancellation of the show. And talking was pointless.

Düsseldorf on tour Lenkom “Juno” and “Avos” in the hall, too, was a table full of firemen began to check coming from under the floor metal curtain…

– Well, well: “the iron curtain” – a purely theatrical idea.


By the way, I recall the famous tale, as Rozovsky offered to put the “Gambrinus” in Odessa, many years ago. And invited him at that time, the leading artist (later artistic Director) Michael Water. The Rozovsky reverse the plane at six in the evening, and he immediately say to do a reading right there in the lobby, and going the Commission – about 50 people. And here’s mark G. reads the entire show, he sings all the songs, which he wrote in ten days…

Finishes. Gets the head of the party organization: “Well friends, it’s brilliant, it’s happiness we dropped, fell from the sky, it is necessary to put!”. And eight such reviews in a row, solid Eulogy. Concludes the Director: “Yes, it is necessary to put and now! Soon we will sign the contract!”.

Rozovsky sent a taxi to the airport from the porch of the theatre he waved theatrical guide. And that’s it.Him anymore no one ever from Odessa called. Many years later Rozovsky goes on tour in the US, accidentally meets there an immigrant – former literary Manager of the Odessa theater:

“Listen, “Gambrinus” everyone liked it, why I never called?

– And you, mark? All these people praising the play mocked the leading actor of the Water, which, of course, would like you to play the lead role of Sasha, the violinist…

– Well, so what? – still does not understand Rozovsky.

– And the fact that Water is not able to play the violin, he could not become Sasha, everyone knew it, but decided this “reading” pin…


…Actors quickly take the complex ensemble scenes, there’s the whole color – honored Alexander Karpov, Yuriy Golubtsov, Margarita Rasskazova, Denis Ucinkov. Well, as without a talented young seedlings, which Rozovsky, according to tradition, throws in the heat of passion, saying: “All who have been through Gambrinus become a world-class theater artists, it is a necessary

ensemble school!”. To take any, though, and Ian Prigancova, that, according to azovskogo, genius step, she delivered a virtuoso dance numbers, and od her master is preparing his next play based on the story Shukshina “Cherednichenko and circus.” Or Sandra Eliava, Daria Shcherbakova, Anna Copeman…the constellation of individuals.

– I see, I see, “says Rozovsky,” that’s my favourite scene, quiet steps, in which the whole tragedy of the Jewish people, the wave washes away all, “only a song left for you”, one on a barrel violin in the beam, and Sasha-it really does not… will Understand at least some of it the Koreans?

All in all, then have to wait half an hour the hall was filled instantly; “Nikitsky gate” there are recognizable, Koreans were seen, and “Poor Liza”, and “History of horses” – aesthetics Rozovsky close to them, although it can hardly be called musicals in its purest form.

The artistic Director was afraid that in the final implicitly “set point”, and all fears for the plot, translation, Russian specifics in vain – followed by a thunder of applause.

“Now I understand,” says Rozovsky, ” that unites “Gambrinus” Kuprin with the film “Cabaret” Bob Fosse: use the same dramatic speed, when it is the fate of the individual in the background of historical upheavals, only the fossa is the coming of the Nazis to power, and Kuprin – the revolution of 1905, pogroms, Russo-Japanese war… And the fortitude that we all have in common, and it is clear to the representative of any nationality, any culture…

Yan Smirnitsky, Daegu.

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